Climate change alarmism cooling off

Another frantic effort to redistribute wealth from developed nations to developing nations is under way, this time in Durban, South Africa. The excuse is the same old, tiresome claim that socialism writ large is necessary to save the planet from global warming. Fewer people are fooled every year the United Nations brings together representatives of […]

Libertarianism starts with respect

I sometimes hear people make the claim that libertarianism is “Utopian,” just like communism, because “It sounds good on paper, but it will never work in the real world.” Ridiculous! Communism requires the impossible — omniscient central planners — in order to work. Libertarianism only needs you to not steal or attack; it places no […]

Breastfeeding moms should be accommodated

Freedom New Mexico A teacher who routinely pumped breast milk during work has lost her job, leading the American Civil Liberties Union to file a notice of claim against the Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen in Colorado. ACLU lawyers claim the public charter school declined to renew the contract of teacher Heather Burgbacher because she […]

Stop loss claim deadline approaching

By Terri Moon Cronk: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — People whose military service was involuntarily extended or whose retirement was suspended between Sept. 11, 2001, and Sept. 30, 2009, have until March 4 to file for retroactive payments of $500 for each month of their extended service under the “stop loss” policy. The deadline […]

Valentines day better with effort

It is not too late, recalcitrant one. It is not too late for, if you hide this newspaper from your wife, you can still claim truthfully that you did not forget it was Valentine’s Day. She need not know, and really should not care, that it was prompted by this column. Dates are hard remembering […]

Press release: Udall urges troops and veterans to claim stop loss compensation

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., is urging active duty service members, veterans, and beneficiaries of service members who were involuntarily extended between September 11, 2001 and September 30, 2009, to apply for Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay. Under the 2009 War Supplemental Appropriations Act, compensation is available to service members of every military […]

My turn: Tucumcari has its claim to fame

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Cowboy shows have long been filmed in New Mexico. A remake of John Wayne’s “True Grit,” starring Jeff Bridges and Matt Damon, is filming this month near Santa Fe. Jimmy Stewart starred in the state’s first major production, “The Man From Laramie,” shot in 1955 around Santa Fe. Eastern New Mexico has also been the […]

What happened to news that matters?

By Karl Terry: PNT columnist Andy Warhol was the first to claim, in 1968, that we’ll all have our 15 minutes of fame. Some are just more impatient than others on getting their time. I’m all for new media and burgeoning technology that can instantly put any of us in front of an audience of […]

Timely budgets on secretary’s agenda

By Tom Philpott: FNNM columnist The new secretary of Veterans Affairs, retired Army Gen. Eric K. Shinseki, got a recent tour of the paperwork battlefield on which VA claim adjudicators serve every day.

Prosecutors claim no ‘unfairness’

Freedom New Mexico Prosecutors say they made no attempt to “glean unfair insight into and through the written notes of jurors” following a mistrial last month, according to court records filed Friday. The defense for accused child molester Larry Hatcher made the allegation Thursday and asked District Judge Stephen Quinn to dismiss the case. Quinn […]

Greyhound cowboys claim third place

Freedom New Mexico Junior cowboy Cole Jackson helped the Eastern New Mexico Greyhound rodeo team secure a third place finish at the weekend’s College Daze Rodeo at Portales’ Lewis Cooper Arena. “Really and truly, I thought the boys team had a good rodeo,” first-year ENMU rodeo coach Albert Finn said. West Texas College took first […]

Proving VA claims creating process bottleneck

By Tom Philpott In the last decade, the Department of Veterans Affairs has doubled the number of disability claim processors on staff, and yet the average time to process a claim has climbed during that period from four months to six. From January 2007 through June 2008, as VA added 2,700 claim processors to its […]

Choice can work against veterans

By Tom Phillpot: Military Update The Senate voted on Aug. 3 to allow paid attorneys, for the first time in over a century, to represent veterans in filing disability claims with the Department of Veterans Affairs. “It’s like inviting the wolf into the chicken house,” said retired Air Force Lt. Col. Charley Burch. Burch, 74, […]

Imprisoning people without just cause is sheer tyranny

Editorial Abdel-Jabbar Hamdan of Buena Park, Calif., said his arrest and detention for two years in federal custody came from the “paranoia” of an overzealous government in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. We’re not qualified to make psychiatric diagnoses, but his detention at Terminal Island in San Pedro, Calif., for two years certainly […]

Feb. 20 Portales Junior High News

By Billie Dixon No school Monday Students and employees alike celebrate Presidents’ Day Monday with a school holiday. All will find a rather intense schedule when school resumes Tuesday as students prepare for the state mandated tests as well as the third quarter tests. Before spring break students will begin the registration process for next […]

Family believes mold led to Portales man’s death

By Kevin Wilson Marcelino Garcia died in May of 2001. Nearly two years and two months later, his surviving family is still seeking a resolution. Garcia, a longtime Portales resident, died less than two days after a visiting his son at the Holloman Air Force Base in Alamogordo, and the family has filed a claim […]

Reflection on Bush’s war plans

Tibor Machan The thing about this Iraqi war plan is that in a republic — or representative democracy, which is not the best form of government… Which is a constitutionally limited democracy wherein the “people” — i. e., the majority of them — can decided only a few matters and a sound, libertarian constitution guides […]